Rainy Night & a Quote

I painted my very first oil painting quite a while ago but I decided to share it today with all the fabulous artists over at Paint Party Friday.  But first, the quote of the week from the fabulous and very wise Maya Angelou:


I began my project by searching through Google for paintings with bright colours.  My inspiration piece:


 Isn't it fantastic??!!  The artist is Mike Grubb.  I love the colours and the chunkyness of this work.  The brushstrokes are fabulous and the whole painting draws me in.  I love, love, love it!

So I began by painting the background.  Don't ask me what that spoon-like thing is behind the first streetlight!


See my makeshift easel?  It's a chair!!  lol

Here it is when I first finished it:
 And then I "fixed" it



And "fixed" it again!  Here is my final version:








No chunky strokes or fabulous amazing colours on colours here.  I guess I blended things too much.  See what obsessive compulsive behaviour gets you?!  If I could go back, I would have left the painting alone at its first inception; however, that being said, I adore my painting and although it bears only a slight resemblance to the original inspiration piece, I am thrilled with it!


Overall the oil paints were too smelly for my liking and took too long to dry in between layers - I am way too much of an instant gratification junky to wait that long!!  I did really like how the colours merged and blended together, though.  Maybe someday I'll try oil again, but only if I'm outdoors!!


found on Pinterest


32 comments:

Netty said...

Great quote and this a gorgeously vibrant painting, love it. Happy PPF and enjoy the weekend, Annette x

kat said...

Anne, wow! Thanks for sharing all this with us. The original painting is dancing with colour. Your one is gorgeous, I love it, it's more peaceful and soothing with its own atmoshere, love it!

Debbie said...

Great job! I've tried oils, too, and find I prefer water-based media with all the possibilities for movement and texture, not to mention easier cleanup!

Gloria said...

I've seen that painting over at FAA and he sells a lot of paintings. He does a great job. You did a great job. Happy PPF!

anangloinquebec said...

Anne, wow, wow and wow. That is stunning and you are good!!

Meg said...

You are so talented Anne! I wish I could paint. I love how yours turned out!
XO

Rita said...

OMGoodness Anne!!!
your painting is gorgeous. you ARE an artist. I wish I had half your talent in creating beautiful things.
And the signs from your previous post are both great.
There's an award for you at my blog. drop by if you have a chance. if you are an award-free blog no problem with that.
have a great weekend!
rita

Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage said...

Wow - fab job! Oils do reek and the turpentine - ugh! Maybe you should try acrylics next time - hopefully you'll keep this up since you have talent!
Kelly

Bodhi said...

Great job! I LUV it!

Christine said...

Lovely work and the inspiration piece is really a good choice!

myric andreasen said...

That is pretty amazing! I wish I can paint like that. The colors are quite dramatic.

xoxo
Myric

Geckostone said...

Wow yours came out wonderful, I love all your swirling colors! The quote is beautiful, I've always loved Miya Angelo!Deb

Michele Oliver said...

Anne, Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I have been a follower of yours for a little while and I think this painting of yours is great. Love the colors.

Anonymous said...

Incredible Anne! You did a fabulous job!
Hugs Rosemary...xx

Elyse said...

Anne, your painting is amazing. To me, it is calmer to look at. It looks like a quiet little street.

Hybrid J said...

Seriously, I'm enjoying your painting. You might consider blending too much, but I think it gives the overall painting a subtle feel. Well Done!

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

You have done the most wonderful job of this... you have really captured the spirit and colours but made it your own... fantabulous!!!!!! xx

Gwen said...

your inspirational piece is amazing, but then so is yours. you have realistically captured light on a rainy night...both light and water are difficult to depict in paint, (i think, anyway)

Amazing job:))))))
xxxx

NatashaMay said...

It looks fantastic! You fixed it well. :)

Carol said...

Love the quote and I love, love , love your painting!!!

RainCityGirl said...

Great work Anne! I can definately see why you love your painting. It is beautiful. Happy PPF

Anne said...

Anne
You did a great job.WOW I am really impressed.You should be proud of your beautiful painting.

Victoria said...

Wow...stunning!! There is such a warmth and glow that i absolutley love in your piece..gorgeous and deeply peaceful!! Love it!! Fabulous work!
Victoria

Anne said...

Your interpretation of the painting is beautiful, you have made it yours! Love the atmosphere of your painting and great job with lights and colors!

Nordljus said...

Wonderful quote, and you did a terrific job on the oil painting! I think it's good when you end up with not an exact copy, because it means that your own style is coming through. I've always wanted to try out oils, but somehow never have. Must give it a try one day! Have a lovely Sunday.

Bliss said...

I don't say this unless I actually mean it, and I'm not an artist, BUT.... I DO like your version better. I'm not a fan of the chunky paint application.

~Bliss~

Ginny said...

I truly love your painting. You certainly did your inspiration piece justice. Beautiful work.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Congratulations on your first oil painting! I think it's fabulous!

Budget Design Girl said...

You did such a fabulous job on your painting! I love it!
xo-Lisa

Heather Santos said...

Wow, your painting is really fabulous! The colors are beautiful! Experimenting is wonderful! :)

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

FABULOUS. I love the way your lights shine on the road. Very effective.

Brandi said...

You are quite an artist! Your painting is beautiful.